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Sopley Primary School

Sopley Primary School

W/C 23.03.2020


This week in class we were going to use the information we have been finding out about giraffes, elephants, zebras and rhinos to make our own information books. Please find below a template that can be printed at home for the children to make their own fact books. Also below are some of the facts we found out in class about each animal.This learning is for all week by adding a page of information a day. Children could draw the animal and label it. Then add one or more facts that about that animal.

We are focusing on writing a simple sentence in our English. We are remembering to sound out the words we write, leave finger spaces between words, use a capital letter and a full stop in their sentence and reread the sentence to check it makes sense. 

We have been focusing on particular animals including giraffes, elephants, rhinos and zebras and learning more about these animals. This week choose your own animal and learn more about them.

In the Tapestry online journals there is an observation of Mrs. Bleakley reading a story we were going to be reading next week. It's called Dear Zoo and has lots of lovely describing language including: big, tall, scary, jumpy, grumpy and fierce. It also has some of the animals in it that we saw at the zoo like a giraffe and monkey. 


We are recapping all of the Phase 3 digraphs.

Consonant digraphs: ch, sh, th, ng

Vowel digraphs: ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er

Please practise reading words with these digraphs in and writing them in words. Below are some links to useful websites that your child can use to practise their phonics.

Below are some links to zoo websites that have webcams of different animals at their zoo. It's great fun to watch the different animals and learn more about them:



Being physically active every day is important for the growth of young children. All movement counts the more the better. Below are some ideas and links to websites offering activities and daily workouts children can take part in at home.

9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks

11.30am Oti Mabuse dance classes

1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussell…/status/1241098264373592065

Cosmic yoga with Jamie

Wake and Shake

Other ideas include:

Tummy time activities: any activity that is done by laying on their tummy, arms and elbows. These activities can include reading a book, drawing, playing a game, watching TV, building with lego, playing with toys. By doing these activities on their tummy it helps strengthen their neck and shoulder muscles and promote motor skills. 

Funky fingers: These activities support the development of fine motor skills needed for pencil control and writing development. Ideas for funky finger activities include threading, loom bands, hama beads, pegs, tweezers, cutting out shapes and pictures using scissors, 

Obstacle courses: Building an indoor or outdoor obstacle course can be as much fun as doing one. There are endless activities that can included such as hopping, crawling, balancing and jumping.